Portfolio manager Rob Adams, based in Growth Lending’s London office, manages the clients who benefit from the lender’s fast, flexible funding.
What do you do at Growth Lending?
I manage my own portfolio of clients and I work with our funding managers and their clients, too. My role involves a lot of financial analysis, but we look after our clients throughout the lifetime of their arrangement with us, so it’s just as important to build strong relationships; now that the Covid-19 pandemic is easing, we’re looking forward to visiting them regularly again. We fund all manner of businesses in a wide range of sectors, so no two days are the same, and it’s rewarding when we hear that our clients appreciate our help.
How did you get into this field?
I took a broad range of A Levels – maths and physics, plus history and sociology – and planned to study architecture at university. It was a seven-year course, so I got a job to save some money before I went, and that’s when I realised that I had a flair for finance. I started as a cashier for an independent invoice discounter in Surrey, and within a few years, I was managing factoring and invoice discounting lines, as well as full ABL facilities up to £10m, from refinances to M&A transactions.
What appealed to you about working for Growth Lending?
After 15 years in my previous role, I took some time out to recharge my batteries, but when the opportunity to join Growth Lending presented itself, it proved too good to turn down. We have a fantastic team of people with varied backgrounds and a can-do attitude, and the company’s ethos and ambitious plans also felt like the perfect fit.
Which item can you not work without?
A good cup of tea to start the day; I’m not much of a morning person, so the caffeine picks me up. I need my phone to stay connected to the world, and until the lockdowns, I didn’t fully appreciate the usefulness of a computer mouse – having to do everything on your laptop is an absolute pain.
How do you spend your leisure time?
I love kayaking on the river Medway in Kent, where I grew up, and I play football for a five-a-side team in Brixton. I’m awful, so I play in goal, but it’s a way of keeping fit, if you can call standing in goal keeping fit. I also love going to gigs. Seeing The Killers at my first festival was amazing, but I’ll listen to any type of music, from Motown and soul to indie, tech house and Taylor Swift.
Which football team do you support?
I don’t have any Scouse blood, but when I was five years old, my best mate supported Liverpool, so I followed suit. I loved watching Robbie Fowler, John Barnes and Michael Owen, though that went sour when Owen later signed for Manchester United. When Liverpool beat them 5-0 at Old Trafford recently, it felt like the best day of my life.
What’s on your bucket list?
I’d love to go on safari in South Africa or skiing in Japan, or travel to San Sebastián to check out the restaurants there. I’ve spent time visiting friends and family in Chicago and San Francisco, but I’ve never been to South America or Asia. I feel as though I’ve visited every country in Europe, but mostly on stag dos, where you don’t really experience the culture – just the culture inside the local bars.
Given £100m to spend or invest, what’s the first thing you would do?
I’d be straight down to Sainsbury’s to buy a case of Prosecco. Then I’d buy a big house in Wimbledon, and because I love driving, I’d get a beautiful car, like a Porsche 911. I’d invest in Growth Lending and set up a charity, too. For someone who manages clients’ risk, I’m good at spending money, so my partner holds the purse strings. She’s good at saying no.